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December 20, 2014

A marketing company has sparked uproar in Saudi Arabia over the use of the Prophets name on date labels. (Shutterstock)
12:39 GMT
Much of the Saudi public is infuriated over the misuse of the Prophet's name to market date products.
Ajnad Misr is a splinter group of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, was designated a "global terrorist" by the U.S. Department of State Thursday, eliciting an unexpected expression of gratitude from the extremist group.

December 19, 2014

Thousands will be visiting Dubai for the festive period this year. (Shutterstock)
12:58 GMT
There's nothing worse than being an expat who is unable to go home for Christmas. If you don't get holidays however, there will still be plenty to do in Dubai!
Sophocles’ 2,500-year-old play was produced by Aperta Productions, a charity that aims to give refugees a safe place to express their trauma and try to feel mentally and physically stronger. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Syrian refugee women performed the Greek tragedy “Antigone” in the Lebanese capital of Beirut this week, weaving their own stories of loss and defiance into the ancient tale of a rebel woman.

December 18, 2014

Queen Rania wrote the opinion piece for The Huffington Post Wednesday. (Image: Facebook)
11:46 GMT
While all of Pakistan mourns the killing of 132 children in the Peshawar school siege, Jordan's Queen Rania has a message for Taliban terrorists: Islam condemns killing innocents.
The new Israeli branch was opened by a veteran NYPD officer in Kfar Saba. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
It doesn't get more random than this. American police officers may not be so popular amid the Ferguson incident, but they're loved in Israel. The New York Police Department has now opened a branch in Kfar Saba.
Time to celebrate Christmas Lebanese style! (Shutterstock)
09:16 GMT
The countdown to Christmas has begun in Lebanon. Despite a tough year and ongoing conflict, there's no ba humbug among the Lebanese as the lights go up for the festive time.
The Sheikh recently appeared on television with his wife who had her face uncovered. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Sheikh Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamdi believes gender segregation is unnecessary.

December 17, 2014

Mohamed and Jennifer have been together for four years.
14:52 GMT
Mohamed and Jennifer are the first gay couple to be interviewed on Lebanese television.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant made headlines a lot in 2014. (Image: Twitter)
11:38 GMT
The Middle East has been in news headlines a lot this year. With the escalation of fighting in Iraq and Syria, of course ISIL made Google's most searched list for 2014.
While the veil debate in Saudi rages on, a Muslim scholar appeared on TV with his wife baring her face. (Shutterstock)
08:25 GMT
Is it a case of now you see her, now you don't? Things are stirring up in Saudi Arabia after a Muslim scholar appeared on TV with his wife not wearing a veil. Oh the controversy!
The UAE is concerned about rising divorce rates across the country. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
A Council of Elders may be set up to offer counselling to families and couples in an effort to recognise, and better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress on relationships in Emirati society.

December 16, 2014

A hundred years ago troops from both sides laid down their arms in an unofficial Christmas Truce. (Photo: Goals of Peace)
14:49 GMT
A hundred years ago troops from both sides laid down their arms in an unofficial Christmas Truce. Legend grew that the opposing troops played football in no-man's zone.
Pilgrims walk past the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina. (File/AFP)
11:46 GMT
At least 6,000 workers are making efforts to expand the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia. Engineers and construction workers were in a race against time to get the job done.
The 17-year-old Palestinian from Jenin had surgery in Dubai to restore his facial structure. (Image: Gulf News)
08:06 GMT
Mamoon Qabha, 17, didn't have any confidence but after life changing surgery to restore his face, life is definitely looking up!